Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.


The Tote: flickering back into life

On the face of it, the Tote is flickering back into life. It has a new look, which is being rolled out across Britain’s racecourses. It has reintroduced the Tote 10 to Follow competition...


Marks out of ten for racing’s leading lights

Candidate for the Labour Party leadership Rebecca Long Bailey (pictured) has given Jeremy Corbyn marks of “ten out of ten” as a politician. It has been observed that with two election defeats, failure to...


Seeing yellow, or not, as the case may be

Sandown’s void race fiasco Before dissecting the fiasco that was Sandown’s final race on Saturday, let’s not forget the sad circumstances which brought about the situation. The Venetia Williams (pictured) trained and Toby Blackwell...


Bookies and Britbet fall out at Ffos Las

Britbet ruffles bookies’ feathers There was a bit of a falling out the other week when on-course bookies found out that, next year, Britbet, owned by a consortium of racecourses, had been granted two...


Oohs and ahs at Ascot

Not in the normal manner, not in the normal part There were lots of oohs and ahs after racing at Ascot when the Berkshire track put on its firework spectacular. In the closing stages...


Tote sale offers racing a ray of hope

The deadline was the end of this month, but the deal was agreed last week and Betfred sold the Tote to the newly named UK Tote Group. Under its original name, Alizeti, the Group...